Anna Gillespie, Sculptor
Born in 1964, Anna Gillespie studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Wadham College, Oxford and then International Relations at the London School of Economics. In 1988 she returned to her childhood passion for sculpture, training in Stone Masonry and Carving before working at Centro d'Arte, Verrocchio, Italy as studio assistant to sculptor, Nigel Konstam. A subsequent MA in Fine and Media Arts at Cheltenham College of Art formalised this training. She now lives and works in the South West of England and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Prudential, Burghley House Sculpture Park, The Somerset Museum, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Bodrum Sculpture Park in Turkey and also in private collections throughout America, the Middle East and Europe. She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and of Spike Island Print Studio.
With Richard Chappell Dance, Anna co-created Still Touch with Richard Chappell for the Royal Opera House's Month of Sundays Festival, and a following UK Tour.
Neus Gil Cortes, Dramaturge
Neus is a dramaturg and choreographer with more than ten years of experience as a professional dancer. After graduating from CODARTS, in Holland, Neus has danced in companies such as Hofesh Shechter Company, National Dance Company Wales and Dance Works Rotterdam, amongst others.
With RCD, Neus has worked as a dramaturg on all ensemble productions since 2017, including At the end we begin, Still Touch and Silence Between Waves.
Neus started doing dramaturgy in 2011, assisting Eran Gisin for his solo “Emotions, job, emotions, once a day” which won the second prize for choreography at the Solo Dance-Theatre festival in Stuttgart in 2012. Since then Neus has been exploring deeper different art forms such as theatre, cinema and visual arts, the last mainly through her BA in Art History, in which she specialized in contemporary art and philosophy of art. Neus developed her dramaturgical skills further through several workshops and field work. In the Spring 2017 Neus was mentored as a dramaturg by Lou Cope through COLLABORATE, a professional development program supported through South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence 2016/17.
She was also selected by LMPT in Spain to receive coaching from theatre director and playwright Eva Redondo to explore the coming together of dance, theatre and circus arts throughout the year 2017. This program allowed Neus to explore further into the possibilities of multidisciplinary practices.
Neus collaborates regularly as a dramaturg with choreographers Johnny Autin: A Positive Life, Queer Words and Dystopia; Feet off the Ground: The Way They Were Then and Éter; Choreographer Jan Lee and digital artist Tim Murray-Browne: Movement Alphabet.
Neus' creations have been presented in Holland, U.K., N.Y. and Spain, supported by Dansateliers Rotterdam, Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Wales, East London Dance Ideas Enterprise Fund, Jacksons Lane, National Centre for Circus Arts, Dance West, Kingston Council, OMI Arts Center, The Place, Trip Space, University of Hertfordshire, Liga Mujeres Profesionales del Teatro, South East Dance and Dance East.
Neus was selected for a three weeks choreographic residency in August 2015 at OMI Arts Center, in NY. In 2017 she got invited to come back to mentor the resident choreographers of that year.
Photo: Danilo Moroni
Samuel Hall, Composer
Sam started his musical journey as a full time cathedral chorister in Rochester Cathedral, further nourishing from King’s Rochester and early encouragement from Robert Saxton led on to learning with Kerry Andrew at Junior Trinity Conservatoire of music and dance with kind support from Marion Friend. Sam then went on to study as a composition scholar at the Royal College of Music with Mark Anthony Turnage.
With Richard Chappell Dance, Sam has composed original scores for three ensemble productions, including At the end we begin (2017), Still Touch (2018) and Silence Between Waves (2019).
Sam has had his music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Aurora Orchestra, Juice Vocal Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra in venues including the Royal Opera House, The Lindbury Theatre, Snape Maltings, The Royal College of Music, the South Bank Centre and Rochester Cathedral.
He has also worked in collaboration with contemporary dance choreographers including a commission in 2012 ‘Views’ for youth dancers from Laban, choreographed by Lucy Anne Evans performed at the South Bank Centre, and a piece at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre as part of the YDE scheme, working with choreographer Molly Roberts.
In May 2016, Sam's short comic opera 'Killer Graphics,' (libretto by Darren Rapier), was performed at the Britten Theatre, South Kensington, by members of the RCM Opera School, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones in association with Tête à Tête.
He has also produced electronic music, with his remix of Dai Fujikura's piece 'Away we Play' performed by Juice Vocal Ensemble, and featured on their album 'Laid Bare' released on the Nonclassical Label. In May 2014 he wrote a piece 'These Walls' for Viola and Electronics, which was performed at the London Science Museum through the 'Exponential Horn'.
Sam has recently released ‘Losing it All’, an electronic crossover EP featuring music for piano, strings and synth.
Photo: Eric Ollivier
Dan Martin, Filmmaker
Dan Martin is a Filmmaker, Dancer and Choreographer currently working within the UK. As a filmmaker, Dan has worked in collaboration with Richard Chappell Dance, Protein, James Wilton Dance, Dance in Devon, Swindon Dance and many others to create a wide range of films and media work.
Dan has worked with RCD on documenting At the end we begin and Still Touch in both rehearsal and performance and is the director of the company's new film Silence Between Waves.
In Autumn 2020, Dan will be creating a new film with RCD for Torbay Culture, called Present With Me.
Larch is an experimental electronic duo made up of Cardiff based musicians and composers Kai Hellstrom and Matthew Allmark. Their existing music accompanies ‘As Above, So Below’ and they will create new electronic music to go alongside live cello (Sam Hall) and violin (Enyuan Khong) in ‘Infinite Ways Home’.
Their new EP ‘The World Is Dangerous; Go Outside’ released on the ndNovember via sinc(x) Records. Larch has performed live across Wales and London and been featured in CLASH Magazine, Music Week, and A Closer Listen as well as airplay across the UK on BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart's Chillest Show.
The duo made their first EP, 2018’s Unknown Neural Pathways - a sprawling set of jarring nightmare-scapes, addressing the need for humanity in an automated world. They went on to compose a live set, Modulated in Savage Discord; a piece which tried to put Europe’s imperial past into stark focus and in late 2018, they were commissioned by artist and curator Ethan Dodd to make an exhibition sound piece, Stillness; Despair. Movement; Despair! for The Maiden, an exhibition in Cardiff's Ruin Gallery.
Citing influences such as Aphex Twin, Lanark Artefax, FIS, Claude Speeed, and Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Larch compose commentaries through a tangled palette of sonic anarchy. Drawing parallels to the sound of Tim Hecker or Mount Kimbie, Larch do not shy away from discomfort, but rather embrace both the beautiful and disturbing.
Enyuan Khong, Composer
A versatile soloist, chamber musician and writer, Enyuan Khong is committed to promoting music as a tool for connection. Enyuan is currently a Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and graduate in German Literature from the University of Oxford, and uses her multidisciplinary interests to seek this through a variety of mediums, working with composers and artists across fields.
As a soloist, Enyuan has appeared with the Jenaer Philharmonie, Oxford Philharmonic, Sound Collective Orchestra, Hornton Chamber Orchestra and Oxford Millennium Orchestra in London, Oxford, Prague, Dresden, Weimar, Berlin and Barcelona. She has performed in major venues in London and abroad, including the Barbican and Wigmore Halls, and the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore. Enyuan is a founding member of the De Beauvoir Piano Trio and has collaborated as a chamber partner with renowned musicians such as Miguel Da Silva, Andreas Frölich, Carole Presland and Ursula Smith. She also performs in festivals across Europe, most recently in the Encuentro Santander and the Oxford Chamber Music Festival.
Enyuan was recipient of the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust Award, the Ivy Sharp Scholarship, as well as winner of the Ivan Sutton Prize and the St James Prize. She received a FRSM Distinction and was a string finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition. Enyuan is a Finalist in the St Martins Chamber Competition, currently postponed due to Covid-19.
A keen promoter of contemporary music and cross-arts collaborations, Enyuan works closely with composers and performers across the arts. Among other projects, she worked on a Royal Opera House commission of Matt Rodgers’ opera ‘She Described It to Death’ with members of the London Contemporary Orchestra, gave the world premiere of Thibault Charrin’s Sonata for Violin And Piano, which he dedicated to her, at St James’ Piccadilly, and performed Péter Eötvös’ ‘The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies’ as concertmaster of the Santander Festival Orchestra. Enyuan is currently working on a collaboration with the dancer Jasmine Chiu, to promote East Asian artists as voices of change.
Enyuan works closely with several high-profile musicians, studying with Andràs Keller and Adrian Brendel at the Guildhall, and regularly taking lessons and masterclasses from renowned chamber pedagogue, Eberhard Feltz, at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin. She graduated from her Artist Masters Degree in Performance at the Guildhall with Distinction and a CRD for an outstanding Final Recital, and from her Bachelors Degree in German Literature at the University of Oxford with First Class Honours.